May is a month when we encourage everyone to rediscover the sheer, simple joys that come from riding bicycles! Bike Month motivates new riders and inspires experienced bicyclists, so take a minute to consider how you’ll arrive. Log your trip with Smart Trips via our website or app (available for Android and Apple users). Logging trips at least 4 times a month gives you a chance to win one of our quarterly prizes!
In 2017, Smart Trips is making a big change. Beginning January 1, 2017, any green commute you make counts! There are many potential members who tell us they would love to join our program, but are unable to make alternative workplace commutes for a variety of reasons. Whether it’s because of picking up children, no access to the bus line, or distance to the office, we know that workplace commutes are only one of the many trips that can be green. Starting in 2017, we’re encouraging our members to make every trip a smart trip.
Our mobile app, Smart Trips Rideshare, is now available for both Android and Apple.
You are cordially invited to the Smart Trips annual Commuter Challenge Awards Ceremony! We’ve been tallying up your green commutes all year, and it’s time to say thank you for all that you’ve done to keep our area greener.
At Smart Trips, we spend most of our time talking about the program as it applies to workplace commutes. What you may not know is that the program also applies to college and university students. We know that for many full-time students, school is their job, and we want to make sure they’re getting credit for their green commutes and making great habits in the process. While Smart Trips works in an eight county region, our student participation mostly comes from the University of Tennessee, Pellissippi State Community College, and Maryville College. Each of the schools has its own identity, which helps shape the way its students and staff interact with Smart Trips.
Our friends at Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) celebrated Try Transit Week from July 11-16. It was a full week with KAT’s scheduled activities, including lunch with Mayor Rogero, a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new East Superstop on Kirkwood Street, neighborhood group rides to the Saturday Market Square Famers’ Market, and more. Each day’s event targeted different groups, but one common message throughout the week was the promotion of their new Google trip planning system that allows riders to find a route based on location, departure and arrival times, and other options.
As of July 1, 2016, several changes related to garage and street parking took effect in certain parts of Knoxville. With a focus on downtown and Fort Sanders, the City and Public Building Authority (PBA) are increasing enforcement, adjusting rates, and installing new meters. With all of this, monthly parking fees for garage parking will see a slight increase, most meters will have slightly higher fees and now include Saturdays, and there will be more officers to police these changes.
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville has found another way to “make orange green,” as the slogan of their sustainability campaign commands. In September, they became a Bronze Level Smart Trips sponsor.
Since the early days of the Smart Trips program, UT has been a source of support and participation. Students, faculty, and staff have logged thousands of clean commutes.
Because of the university’s dense, urban campus, those trips range in mode from carpool and transit to biking, walking, and more.
Local community college, Pellissippi State, has an excellent reputation. Professors, advisors, and administrators are known for their hands-on mentorship of each student enrolled. Smart Trips staff say this dynamic is evident on campus.
“The first time I was invited to speak at their orientation, it was clear they’re more like a family than a school,” says Outreach Coordinator Sara Martin. “I’ve since visited three of their campuses and it’s the same across the board – Pellissippi State takes care of their students.”
On Sunday, Oct. 25, Knoxvillians are invited to walk, bike, jog or dance their way through town at the first ever Open Streets Knoxville event.
A 1-mile stretch of Central Street, connecting Happy Holler to Emory Place and the Old City, will be closed to all motorized traffic, allowing revelers a day of shopping, playing, exercising and socializing all on foot or two wheels.
Need a car? Borrow a Zipcar! The City of Knoxville and Knoxville TPO have partnered with Zipcar to provide car-sharing for residents, businesses, and the University Community.